Best Golf Videos Part 1

There are plenty of golf videos on YouTube, which makes it hard to hand pick the best ones. Our goal at the Scratch Pad is to comb through and find the best ones to share with you. Here are our first two picks of the best golf videos rolling in from the web every week.

So close yet so far away – missed hole in one by this much

Adorable just got taken to a new level.

McIlroy’s 436 yard monstrous swing

They say golf swing power is the result of three specific factors. The first 2 are more important than the third. Those three factors are: swing mechanics, golf strength (your fitness), and golf equipment. Here is the best example video we could get – Rory McIlroy getting all the 3 right. Watch this monstrous drive carrying the ball to 436 yards. It nearly missed Ian Poulter who was in the group putting on the green at the time.

McIlroy apologised to Poulter for nearly hitting them once he reached the green, and cheekily told him: ‘I only hit a three-wood’.

Rory McIlroy’s Tree/Tee Shot Lands in Spectator’s Pocket

Rory McIlroy found himself in an odd moment during the second round of the 2014 Tour Championship last Friday.

Teeing off at the 14th, Rory’s ball bounced off a tree and went right into a spectator’s pocket. The spectator was asked not to move while Rory and an official made their way to him to decide how to properly play the ball. Rory took a drop and made a par there. Here is the video (or click here) of this funny moment if you missed it:

Animal Encounters on the PGA Tour

Golf can sometime be boring, lets admit that. But when animals get into action, it is a different ball game. Watch and enjoy this below video compilation (or click here) of the animals/birds that gives a damn to some some of the biggies on green.

For knowledge sake, animals on a golf course are considered “outside agencies” by the Rules of Golf. Here are what the rule books says about these outside agencies.

19-1: If a player’s ball in motion is accidentally deflected or stopped by any outside agency, it is a rub of the green, there is no penalty and the ball must be played as it lies.

18-1: If a ball at rest is moved by an outside agency, there is no penalty and the ball must be replaced.

Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy Stop by ‘The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon’

Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon (click here for video) on Monday as part of their promotion for a new line of Nike golf gear. Fallon challenged Rory to a game that involved chipping balls at glass pictures of each other’s faces

Remember when Jimmy Fallon Beat Tiger Woods at Wii Golf way back in 2009 (watch here)? Not this time! Rory, who is currently at the peak of his career riding on three consecutive victories (in the Open Championship, the Bridgestone Invitational and the US PGA), made a strong showing. Does this count as the fourth?

59ers in PGA Golf History

For several decades 59 has been the magic number on the PGA Tour. 6 Players so far have shot 59 on the PGA Tour. Here is the list of players who achieved this rare feat – which one is your favorite?

Al Geiberger, 1977

The first-ever player to shoot 59 during the second round of the 1977 Memphis Classic at Colonial Country Club.

He began his round on the back nine, and dropped an 8-footer on the final hole to mark his name in the history books. His score included a 11 birdie and an eagle.

Chip Beck, 1991

Beck shot a 59 in the third round of the 1991 Las Vegas Invitational on the Sunrise Golf Club (par 72) in Las Vegas, Nevada.

His round included 5 pars and 13 birdies overall (a PGA Tour record for birdies in one round) including a three footer on the 18th hole. Beck finished tied for third in the tournament.

David Duval, 1999

Between 1997 and 1999, Duval won 11 times on the PGA Tour. It was in his peak period and at the final round of the 1999 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic he got his magic score of 59.

He had 10 birdies heading into the 18th, and then eagled the par-5 with a 6-foot putt to reach his 59.

Paul Goydos, 2010

During the first round of the 2010 John Deere Classic, Goydos became the fourth player in PGA Tour history to shoot a 59 . His round included 12 birdies and 6 pars.

His 8-under 28 on the back nine matched the lowest nine-hole score in relation to par on the PGA Tour. He is also the oldest person to post the number by seven years.

Stuart Appleby, 2010

Stuart Appleby became the 5th person to record a 18 hole score of 59 in PGA history at the 2010 Greenbrier Resort to win his fifth PGA Tour title.

Appleby birdied the last three holes, giving him nine birdies and an eagle in a round of 11-under par 59. He is also the first non-US golfer to break 60.

Jim Furyk, 2013

Jim Furyk became the sixth golfer in the history of the PGA Tour to join the 59 Club by shooting a 12-under 59 at the BMW Champioship, Conway Farms.

Furyk made 11 birdies and holed out for eagle on the par-4 15th hole. He made a 3-footer at the par-4 ninth hole, his final hole, to shoot 12-under 59.

The Original Rules of Golf

We all know how some of the golf rules are a bit complicated – our Costliest Rulings in Golf series covers some of these instances. But way back in 1744, when the original Rules of Golf issued by the Honorable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, it was much simpler – just 13 rules vs the 182 pages rule we have today.

Here are those 13 golden rules for our Scratchpad members – you’ll be surprised to find how many are still in play today.

1. You must tee your ball within a club’s length of the hole.

2. Your tee must be on the ground. (Note that Tees back in these days, consisted of little pyramids of sand)

3. You are not to change the ball which you strike off the tee.

4. You are not to remove stones, bones or any break club for the sake of playing your ball, except upon the fair green, and that only within a club’s length of the ball.

5. If your ball comes among watter, or any wattery filth, you are at liberty to take out your ball and bringing it behind the hazard and teeing it, you may play it with any club and allow your adversary a stroke for so getting out your ball.

6. If your balls be found anywhere touching one another you are to lift the first ball till you play the last.

7. At holling you are to play your ball honestly at the hole, and not to play upon your adversary’s ball, not lying in your way to the hole.

8. If you should lose your ball, by its being taken up, or any other way, you are to go back to the spot where you struck last and drop another ball and allow your adversary a stroke for the misfortune.

9. No man at holling his ball is to be allowed to mark his way to the hole with his club or anything else.

10. If a ball be stopp’d by any person, horse, dog, or any thing else, the ball so stopp’d must be played where it lyes.

11. If you draw your club in order to strike and proceed so far in the stroke as to be bringing down your club, if then your club should break in any way, it is to be accounted a stroke.

12. He whose ball lyes farthest from the hole is obliged to play first.

13. Neither trench, ditch, or dyke made for the preservation of the links, nor the Scholars’ Holes or the soldiers’ lines shall be accounted a hazard but the ball is to be taken out, teed and play’d with any iron club.

One of the most dangerous job – Golf ball diving

Golf ball diving is multi-million dollar business. To speak numbers, an estimated 518 millions of rounds of golf are played in the USA each year and on average, a golfer looses 4.5 balls per round .

Unfortunately, this industry is also very dangerous as they are physically demanding, as well filled with perils in the form of snakes, alligators and even sharp metals. We also hear stories of divers drowned by either human error or faulty equipment. According to news reports, at least four golf-ball divers have drowned in this country in the last four years alone while searching what they call as the “White Gold”. Watch this fascinating video (click here) to know about the world of golf ball diving.